Get Job Ready

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Get Job Ready, Powered by Future Launch

Get Job Ready is now accepting applications for 2022 sessions

Young Canadians face a rapidly changing economy, and many employers are reluctant to hire recent graduates due to a lack of work experience. Get Job Ready, Powered by RBC Future Launch teaches youth ages 18-29 how to successfully navigate the job market and how to land their “dream job.”

Upcoming Workshops


University of Calgary
(Location will be shared with registered attendees)

Tues, May 21st – Thurs, May 23rd
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


University of Alberta
(Location will be shared with registered attendees)

Sun, June 16th – Tues, June 18th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Situation

In 2023, Canada looks to rebound from a tumultuous past year. The global pandemic hurt many communities and our youth were not an exception. Get Job Ready is a 2-day program that teaches young Canadians the skills to master their job search, to expand their networks, to enhance their digital identity and gain the financial skills to plan for a prosperous future. Participants learn to optimize LinkedIn, write resumes and prepare for job interviews. However, our program also incorporates group work, mock interviews and public speaking exercises to build and identify soft skills such as collaboration, active listening, critical thinking and leadership.

How IDRF is helping

This year marks the fourth year of Get Job Ready. What started in a small room on the campus of the University of Calgary in December 2017, has transformed into a national program that has impacted approximately 500 youth across Canada. We will start 2021 with online training sessions via Zoom and encourage all youth (ages 18-29) eligible to work in Canada to apply! Those who are 17 may also apply but will require consent from a parent or guardians.

With a little luck, this year we hope to resume our in-person sessions and offer training in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto.

Hear it from Khatab Kakar, Get Job Ready alumni, describing his success after completing the program.

3-day workshops training participants in the following

  • Building a 5-star LinkedIn account
  • Develop a Networking Strategy from one’s Dream Job
  • Preparing for Job Interviews
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leveraging Social Media

Workshops training participants in soft skills:

  • Public Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Cohesion
  • Leadership

Diversity & Inclusion

Throughout our 37-year history, IDRF programs have supported people across the world, irrespective of race, religion, gender or ability. Similar to the approach of many Canadian businesses across sectors that make diverse and inclusive workplaces a priority, our workshops bring together Canadian youth from different backgrounds to broaden networks, encourage social cohesion and develop empathy.

If you work with an organization that serves Canadian youth, please reach out to us and see how we can bring Get Job Ready to your community!

Mental Health Support

Participants and alumni may now use TogetherAll – an online platform that supports youth facing challenges related to mental health. Thanks to our partnership with RBC Future Launch, all youth that sign-up have access to the following at no cost:  

  • Community forums to discuss how they are feeling (forums are managed by trained professionals 24/7 to keep the community safe)
  • Self-assessments and recommended resources
  • Creative tools to help with self-expression
  • A wide range of self-guided courses .
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The Impact

young Canadians in the past 2 years


of participants have found jobs


of participants have had more than one job interview